The mathematical odds of getting a Rook and Pawn ending is much higher than any other endgame in a practical game. Anyone who has played or still plays tournaments/training games can attest to that. While most of the Rook and Pawn endings are believed to end in draws, it would not surprise anyone to know how easily anyone makes a mistake in these of endgames despite knowing the theory, in all levels of chess. The man of encyclopaedic and impeccable knowledge, GM Sundararajan Kidambi explains the beauty of Rook and Pawn endgames with a recent example along with a 113-year-old one and one more. Check out his enriching article. Photo: Shahid Ahmed
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Sethuraman beat compatriot Harsha Bharathakoti to emerge as one of the three leaders at the conclusion of the fourth round of 8th Sunway Sitges Open 2021 Group A. The other two co-leaders are Denis Kadric (BIH) and Cristhian Rios Camilo (COL). IM Soumya Swaminathan continues her good form as she put her opponent GM Nihal Sarin in quite a bit of a pickle. However, Nihal managed to escape with a draw. Among the Indian players, GM Abhimanyu Puranik, GM Sankalp Gupta, GM Neelotpal Das and IM Soumya Swaminathan are at 3.5/4 each. Neelotpal outplayed Karthikeyan Murali right out of the opening to score a victory. Round 5 starts tonight at 9 p.m. IST. Photo: Niklesh Jain
Third seed in Rapid and top seed in Blitz, Vladimir Fedoseev won both Rapid and Blitz event at 27th Abu Dhabi International Chess Festival Masters. The Russian started both events with a loss - Alan Pichot in Rapid and Raunak Sadhwani in Blitz. However, he managed to recover well, score 7.0/9 in Rapid and 6.5/9 in Blitz to win US$ 5000 and 1500 respectively as his prize. Raunak scored 5.0/9 in Rapid to secure ninth place. He made 6.0/9 in Blitz to claim the third place and win US$ 750. The 15-year-old gained 38 Elo rating points in each event. Photo: Adchessfestival
IM Soumya Swaminathan became the only woman to be in the lead among 19 players as she beat GM Rodrigo Vasquez Schroeder (CHI) in the third round of 8th Sunway Sitges Open 2021 Group A. She will face Nihal Sarin in the fourth round. Apart from Soumya, only four more Indian players are at 3.0/3 They are - Sethuraman, Abhimanyu Puranik, Harsha Bharathakoti and Sankalp Gupta. IM Pranesh M and untitled Kush Devnani held GM Karthikeyan Murali and former women's world champion, GM Antoaneta Stefanova (BUL) to a draw each respectively. Round 4 starts tonight at 9 p.m. IST. Photo: Niklesh Jain
Historically, players from North East India have not been able to unleash their full potential in chess because of the lack of opportunities. Less tournaments being held, financial difficulties have made many talents lose out on creating a career in chess. Shahil Dey, born in 2007, has an Elo of 2400. Mayank Chakraborty, born in 2009, has an Elo of 2164. Both of these youngsters are the strongest young talents of North East India chess. Jalan industries, which has massive tea plantations in North East India, run a foundation by the name of Murleidhor Jalan Foundation. They have decided to invest Rs.7,50,000 in these youngster - Rs.5 lakh to Shahil and Rs.2.5 lakh to Mayank to make sure that they fulfill their potential.
WGM Mary Ann Gomes and IM Soumya Swaminathan score fantastic wins against GM Matthieu Cornette (FRA) and GM Alexandr Fier (BRA) respectively in the second round of 8th Sunway Sitges Open 2021 Group A. IM Moksh Amit Doshi and FM Manu David Suthandram R held GM Nihal Sarin and GM Dmitrij Kollars (GER) to a draw each respectively. Karthikeyan Murali, Sethuraman, Abhimanyu Puranik, Sankalp, Harsha, Neelotpal are the Indian GMs at 2.0/2. Among the Indian women, Vaishali, Mary and Soumya are the only three who are at 100% score. Round 3 starts tonight at 9 p.m. IST. Photo: Rupali Mullick
IM Harikrishnan A Ra of Airport Authority of India, scored an unbeaten 8.0/9 to win Sivakasi Chess Club & Sri Kaliswari College Rapid Rating Open. Three more players - CM Lakshmi Narayanan M V, Subramanian R M and P Rajasekaran also finished with the same score. They were placed second to fourth according to the tie-breaks. Harikrishnan won a trophy and ₹10000 cash, Lakshmi received a trophy and ₹7000 and Subramanian got ₹6000 as their prizes. The total prize fund of the tournament was ₹50000. Entry fee was only ₹250. This was the first rating tournament in Tamil Nadu after a gap of 20 months. Photo: IA R Anantharam/Sivakasi Chess Club
WIM Priyanka Nutakki and Sharan Rao were the only two Indian players to beat GMs Iniyan P and Arjun Kalyan respectively in the first round of 8th Sunway Sitges Open 2021 Group A. FM Alessio De Santis (ITA) also stunned GM Susanto Megaranto (INA) after the latter made tactical error, much like how Priyanka got the better of Iniyan. Nihal, Karthikeyan Murali, Arjun Erigaisi, Sethuraman, Abhimanyu Puranik, Vaishali, Mary, Soumya, Padmini and Nandhidhaa made a winning start among the top Indian men and women in the field. Round 2 starts tonight at 9 p.m. IST. Photo: Rupali Mullick
Sunway Sitges Chess Festival is one of the most anticipated events in Spain in the month of December. Apart from fantastic organization, beautiful location, plethora of events for everyone and huge prize fund of €27155, a strong line-up attracts players from all over the world, making it a must-play event for all. A total of 281 players including 35 GMs, 50 IMs, 8 WGMs and 13 WIMs are slated to take part from a staggering 45 countries across the world in Group A. Group B is slated to witness the participation of 113 players from 17 countries for players rated below 2000. ChessBase India Hindi head, FI Niklesh Jain will be present at the venue who will bring you beautiful photos. Photo: Lennart Ootes
IM Srijit Paul won the must-win last round game against Ludy Koling (NED) to win Benidorm Open A (U2400). Things worked out in his favor as FM Manu David Suthandram who led the better part of the tournament, had to lose the final round game for Srijit to win the tournament. Vignesh B won the B (U2000) section with an unbeaten 8.0/9. Both Srijit and Vignesh won €3000 each as their prize. Harsh Suresh and IM Srinath Rao S V won the Super Blitz Tuesday and Friday by scoring 9.0/11 and 8.0/9 each respectively. They both won €200 each for their efforts. The tournament had a total prize fund of €40500. Photo: Ismael Nieto/Benidorm Chess Open
On move no.49 Ian Nepomniachtchi extended his hand in resignation and Magnus Carlsen had become the World Champion for the fifth time. The match was over and the score stood at 7.5-3.5 in just 11 games. It ended 3 games before the scheduled end. In this report we bring to you all the happenings on the final day of the event, along with the videos, expert opinions, press conference and much more. We also have an interview with the head coach of Team Magnus Carlsen, Peter Heine Nielsen at the end of the article. Final report from Dubai by Sagar Shah and Amruta Mokal.
The Jobava London System, named after the top Georgian player Baadur Jobava, is a side form of the London System, which differs in principle in only one small detail - the white knight is established early on c3. This brings two major advantages. On the one hand, it is possible to castle longside more quickly, and on the other hand, tactical motifs sometimes arise on the queenside. Since the system is still relatively new, there is no need to learn tons of theory. Learn all about the Jobava London System from Germany's top player IM Elisabeth Paehtz and improve your opening knowledge. Photo: ChessBase
Starting out as the 20th seed, IM Neelash Saha scored an unbeaten 8.5/9 to win 2nd G H Raisoni Memorial Rapid Rating Open. Eight straight victories put him in a good position to win the tournament. IM Ameya Audi, CM Kushagra Mohan and IM Ravi Teja S - all three scored 8.0/9. They were placed second to fourth according to the tie-breaks. GM Debashis Das won the Blitz Rating Open with an identical performance as Neelash, scored 8.5/9 and remained undefeated. The tournament had the total prize fund of ₹200000 with the first prize being ₹50000 cash and a trophy. It took place on 4th and 5th December at G H Raisoni Institute of Engineering & Technology in Nagpur, Maharashtra. Photo: Bhushan Shriwas
World Rapid and Blitz Championships which was announced to not take place at Kazakhstan a couple of days ago, FIDE found a new venue for the event - Warsaw, Poland. It will take place on the same dates 25th - 31st December 2021. Magnus Carlsen who is now the five-time world champion and also the reigning Rapid and Blitz world champion too, has plans on participating in the event as he mentioned during the post-match press conference yesterday. Since it is taking place in Poland, Duda vs Magnus rematch is highly likely to take place at some point. One of the most exciting event of the year is just a little over two weeks away. Photo: FIDE
National Amateur 2019 champion Kartavya Anadkat won Shri Harbans Singh and Smt. Ranjeet Kaur Memorial Rapid Rating Open on 28th November. Then he won the TCC Blitz tournament on 5th December and Tirth Chess Club FIDE Rating Open on the following day, 6th December. He scored 8.0/9, 9.0/9 and 8.5/9 respectively which means he scored 25.5/27 in the last three events he won and remained undefeated. This does not come as a surprise as he won National School Online U-17, Gujarat State Online Junior U-20 and State Senior Online consecutively in July. How did he manage to do that? Check out his games annotated by him from the events he won. Photo: Palak Patel/Tirth Chess Club